Traveling abroad for research or service is an exciting undertaking, but it can also be very challenging. Designing an effective, relevant and ethical project, working effectively with international partners, and disseminating a useful product are just a few of the important issues that students will encounter as they plan their work abroad. This Student Handbook represents over a year of collaborative work between U-M students across disciplines. Our intent is to offer a roadmap for planning projects abroad, with advice on multiple levels â from the logistics of paying for your trip and staying safe, to broader issues such as ethics and sustainability. With the support and encouragement of the Center for Global Health, every stage in the development of this resource was led by students â from the identification needs to the drafting of content.
We encourage students and faculty at schools around the world to adapt and improve upon our work. We ask that you, as a matter of courtesy, inform us about these adaptations so that we can learn from others as we continue to address critical health issues through research and action. If you do want to adapt the handbook, find other people interested in similar issues, or stay current on related resources â please join our Google site.